Summertime is just starting, and the homes are getting warm already. Don’t you think so too? So, here we are just in time to remind you to stock up on summer essentials. Got to grab them soon, before it gets all tiring and sweaty around!
Before we dive in, we hope you guessed by now what the essentials are. Did you? Yup, our all-time favourites – Curtains and Bed sheets. These definitely need a make-over (or more accurately, a change-over) during the summers.
What to look for in a curtain?
We often expect curtains to be just pretty and forget their core need in a house. There are different types of curtains that help control lighting and atmosphere (Nope, we are not talking about a digital curtain, here).
Consider this. If you have one room with moderate light coming through the windows and the living room with a brighter setting, it is not practical to buy thick blackout curtains for both rooms. There are specific curtains designed for such purposes. Custom curtains are helpful in this case, especially when you wish for the same curtain in both rooms. All you got to do is choose different linings based on the thickness needed.
For summers, a breezy curtain is clearly preferred. Linens and Cotton are great choices to opt for. The pure version of these materials sets up the space to allow proper ventilation for the room. Putting up linen and cotton curtains gets the room in a relaxing mood.
Getting the bed sheets right
Remember the summer holidays, when you pack your beds and sheets to the terrace for a good night’s sleep? Yeah, those were some good times!
But in today’s world, not everyone has the luxury to turn terrace space into a makeshift bedroom. So what’s the quick solution? Get your bed sheets right!
Settling for an airy bed sheet material (basically cotton and linens again) is the wiser choice. Light-shaded ones may not seem like the ideal ones to settle for. However, neutral shades and pastel shades will allow the ambience to be lighter on the eyes and feel. It’s smart not to go for block, solid colours.
Comfort over Style?
Yup! That’s a good call. But what if we had the luxury to choose both, compromising neither style nor comfort?
Silky and synthetic bed sheets might sound like a heavenly sleep time. But how long do you think that’s going to last? For the summer heat and changing body temperatures, bed sheets and almost every other home furnishing item ought to be forgiving and soulful. The fabric must be able to blend in with the needs of the hour and give you access to a calming and stress-free environment. Trust us, the right fabric tends to do the magic.
So, there you have it! Summer essentials are basically your guide to a happy and healthy home too. Get stocking already!
There are so many old and new themes for homes today that as buyers, one can get confused with too many options to choose from. Here’s a look at contemporary design ideas that can help you plan your home interiors in the smartest way.
Contemporary-themed homes are cost-efficient in the long run and keep up with the current trends in the market. Personalising your spaces would be more functional than just cluttered fashion with this theme.
Let us help you get clarity on why and how you can apply this theme efficiently in your favourite spaces.
Modern v/s Contemporary
People tend to believe modern and contemporary themes are one and the same. This is true to an extent. But as you get planning in detail, you realise that both are different forms of approach, with just some overlapping features.
The modernistic approach is more qualitative in nature. There are stark pointers to tell you that modernity lasts for a lifetime but does not have many chances to revive(as a fresh look) as time passes. It could limit you to changes in the future when you plan a renovation or a quick makeover.
The contemporary theme is a perfect combination of innovation and glam. The style it possesses is in the now and fresh as a perspective. It allows itself to do small makeovers as years pass by. This allows you the space to be creative with your furnishings and decor quite confidently. While “form follows function” for the modern way, “form, function and style” make up contemporary.
How to plan a Contemporary theme?
For both modern and contemporary homes, minimalism is central to planning. For the latter, however, simplicity blends in with sophistication, creating an edge to the overall design. This design most often leads us to sustainable options in the market. Right from the materials to fabrics to the colours, subtle natural elements within them are preferred.
Materials like glass and metal are majorly used in architecture for contemporary styles. Large windows and glass designs give a spacious view which can easily be subject to minimal glam. Easily moveable & lightweight furniture play key roles here. Less furniture with space-saving structures catches more attention.
Fabrics & Patterns
Natural fabrics remain the best choice to keep up with the contemporary quirkiness. There is a flair for elegance with them in place. Cotton, linen and silk are the top fabrics that fall under this. For easy and long-lasting maintenance, cotton and linen are undoubtedly the best of the lot.
Checks, zig-zags & stripes are popular patterns to start off. There is a twist to the minimal layout with these patterns. These are best used in furnishings like rugs and cushion covers. They can complement the plains and solids in the room rather organically. Neutral shades of greys, blacks, browns, and whites work well for such a setting.
The Final Touch
As we plan different forms used in contemporary themes, there is always room for some final special touches to turn up the spaces. Lighting is one of those. More than a purely functional placement of lights, a contemporary style looks ahead to have some ‘fun’ in function. It might be through vintage lamps or innovative hanging lights or just large windows.
Another way to add such small improvements to your home is through decluttering spaces. With less furniture, easily storable and changeable fabrics, etc are some tricks you can try in the book.
So, in short, the contemporary theme is all about spontaneity. It’s not a permanent solution but hey, it is easily adaptable as trends come up and that pretty much works too!
Curtains are breezy and showy, alright! But styling them in fresher perspectives can reveal their full potential. Wondering what this is all about?
How often do we experiment with curtains – mix up some colours, try out different patterns, and just have fun with those flowy fabrics? So hard to recall, right? Now, don’t you worry! We have the tools to rekindle your romance with curtains.
Curtain combos are an age-old practice of decoration. But pairing it up in the right way makes all the difference. Let’s take a look at how that is possible!
The basic check
Think of a solid plain colour with printed sheers to complement – the basics are as simple as that. In this case, both the curtains (plains and prints) are lightweight with an attitude of being carefree.
Some do misinterpret solid colours to be purely bold. However, subtle shades like a Lark or a Herbal Green would also fall under them. Those who enjoy simplicity both in prints and plains can definitely opt-in for such a mix. The subtlety ensures a kind of richness, adding to a pleasant-looking space.
Geometrical patterns work well as a home-fashion statement, and curtain prints successfully capture this space too. Imagine a sheer or curtain covered in the most fascinating geometrical shapes. And these can be clubbed with some bold solid cotton colours. A rustic appeal, yet very smart, right?
You can go even further and try out variants of shapes like how we have the Aztec Arrow design and Magic Triangle curtains. They would easily complement the bold cotton curtains and are ideal in bedrooms.
Chevron strokes are a common design element in fabrics. While hanging up a Chevron curtain can do wonders, try pairing it with a bright and dark supplement. The setting would be as sophisticated as it can be. It’s that good!
The light Chevron strokes easily blend in with the dark-coloured ones (like an Ocean Depth Green or Bright Red), which uplifts the homes to a sleek space. This is a perfect option for someone looking to impact guests in a trendy and savvy manner.
With so many options to choose from, you can now feel free to experiment with your favourite curtain combos. Mix, match, style, and try hanging up those breezy little fabrics in your homes. We are sure you’ll love them!
Linens are known for their simple and sophisticated style. And when you speak of linen, you instantly seem to imagine white shades or pastel-coloured fabric, right?
While they do look classy with the light tones in place, linens also tend to adapt to bright, bold colours that instantly lift the decorum. And the catch? The traits of the fabric stay unhinged, just like how it’s with the lighter shades.
Surprised? Well, it’s always good to try something new, isn’t it? Keep reading and you’ll get to know their special features as well.
The classic linens
In all its normality, the natural colour that a linen fabric possesses is never one definite tone. The shade highly depends on the type of flax fibres nourished and maintained. From the time of production to nurturing to the harvesting of the flax plants, careful inspection takes place which is why linens undergo an extensive labour process.
Right after harvesting, moisture exposure to plants helps separate the fibre much more effectively. This method is called retting. The more the fibre has exposure to air, moisture, and other filtrations, the more the effect on colour. This means they end up having varied natural tints every time. A standard shade that is often witnessed is ‘light grey’. However, hues of sand, oatmeal, and amber are pretty common in undyed linen fabric.
Are you still wondering if ‘white’ is the purest form? We say, think again!
Linens can never be pure white unless they are bleached. It’s just how the fabric works. That’s why most of us prefer the cloth in its natural aura. The shrinks, curls, and colour give a rustic yet rich texture to linens, oozing a sense of comfort with them.
Welcoming the solid linens home
Most people stick to the organic tones (being light/ pastel in essence) as they get dubious about experimenting with such lush fabric. Now, it’s high time we look past the myths and bring in some colours too. Don’t you agree? So, let’s see what the colours bring to our homes!
Linens are quick absorbents of moisture and it goes, without doubt, to say that all colours stick to them rather perfectly. Dyed, solid colours can stay as good as the light shades. The quality of the fabric does not diminish, considering they are bought from a trusted source. And don’t worry about the rugged fancy look (a trademark linen style)! You can still find them even in the brightest of colours.
One great addition or maybe an experiment (for the doubtful ones out there) that cannot go wrong is with curtains. Solid linen curtains are a great way to upgrade the look of any room. As the colours have a luminous effect along with the poshness of the fabric itself, the curtains would be quite the winner there.
The beauty of linen
Linens are antimicrobial and hypoallergenic by character. Some of the many advantages of a ‘natural’ fabric! It is subtle with the skin and is capable of providing a great deal of comfort in all seasons. This leads us to the next myth…
Do solid coloured linens tamper with the innate qualities of linen in the pigmentation process?
Not at all! If the flax fibres are curated through advanced filtration and bleaching methods, the fabric (qualities) weaved out from them will remain unaffected. For instance, a (solid) linen curtain is dyed in rust orange. But the temperature and moisture regulating features in them will still remain unharmed. The linens would have the same unique characteristics it offers in their light-shaded contemporaries.
Now, are your perceptions of solid linens clearer? Don’t forget to let us know how your first-time experience was!
The summer’s just started and it’s already heating up! Most of us depend on electricity to cool us down, which of course is your first easy option. But what if we said there is a smarter way to hold your fight against this season?
Subtle fabric furnishings are classy to look at. We all know that by now. What you didn’t know is that they could also be a breezy solution to summers (and almost, every other season).
Here are some little tricks in the book that you’ll love to try out.
Light and Dark
Right when it’s summer, you might be coming across terms like ‘go light, go fine and nice’. But we say, do not limit yourselves to that.
Of course, light and subtle colours are a go-to option. But for dark-themed lovers or those who have light-coloured walls, solid colours would be the most appropriate choice. So, look for wise fabrics instead. Cotton and linens are fabrics that go a long way to make you feel fresh throughout the day. Both have great absorbent qualities, helping you dry up your sweat/ moisture (…and worries!).
Once the material is decided, the next comes colour. To embrace the season, you could get all the summer colours like red, orange, and yellow into your abode. You can still love your solid colours without compromising for the season. Or a mix and match of both light and dark shades can create an interesting effect on the house.
Like, if you have a dark-coloured sofa set, pastel or white-toned cushion covers will look fitting to the decor. On the other hand, you could also try out bold, bright colours like red or navy blue to stay on the dark-themed wagon.
What to get in summer?
When you’re a seasonal shopper, picking furnishings can get confusing. What is necessary, what is not…all can be a bit of a haze. Here are some simple make-overs that might help you with this.
Stocking up curtains for the summer is universal knowledge. It sure is a natural practice by now. Solid cotton curtains work marvellously well for those who like the interiors dark and cosy. For most others, cotton sheers deem as a perfect fit, considering they want a touch of the summer sun but with reasonable warmth.
Next comes floor cushions! Since the heat is not spiking down anytime soon, lying down or gathering around on the floors has its perks. That’s where floor cushions are a great help. Quick catchup with friends and family, a short noon nap (with throws in place, of course!), or even have a picnic-style setting in the backyard. All are a no-brainer to plan as you have floor cushions ready to serve your purpose(s). The catch? They only accentuate the spaces wherever placed, which wins brownie points for the overall house look.
Curtains and cushions have the added advantage of blending into almost every room. Be it bedrooms or living or even balconies. Another important furnishing, which is also exclusive in its usage, is the bed sheets.
Days are longer during summers, and nights can get a bit uncomfortable to sleep. That’s why bed sheets are a necessity. They could get messy very soon, especially if you have kids playing around during summer vacations. So, it’s wiser to choose cotton solids (colours) so the sheets don’t get too dirty too soon. In case you prefer lighter/ whiter tones, regular change-ups may be required. This is to ensure the bedroom stays consistently fresh during the season.
With such simple notes, summer in the house can get enjoyable. There would be less (or no) uneasiness indoors, making it quite relaxing. Just the thought of it makes you want to try a make-over, doesn’t it? (it does for us, at least!) You’re all set for summer house shopping!
Over the weekends, sitting beside the bedside window, enjoying the natural sunlight gleaming from the windows in the living room is something we crave. We all want to experience this bliss without any hassle. And when you think of drawing the curtains to enjoy the gentle breeze sweeping in, the curtains become bullies and hardly budge. Drawing curtains could sometimes be a pain and cause us unrest. No doubt it is a squabble to draw the curtains and get them to look neat. However, there is a solution to this curtain battle. There are different ways we can make this easy and also pleasurable to look at.
Did you ever imagine that curtain headers are so important and could transform the look and feel of your home? Well, there are different styles of draping a curtain and its heading across the window. And simple changes to the drapery styles of the curtain headers changes the entire look and feel of that space. Though there are dozens of options to choose a header style, the actuality of making it happen could be overwhelming. Here’s a simple guide that could help you choose the right style of headers for your home to make this affair a fun makeover. Let’s go ahead and explore the different options that are available in India to get the classy and cozy look for curtains at home.
Eyelet or ‘ring top’ curtains have been a popular style of curtain headers that are easily available and add a simple and casual style to the curtain. Because of their easy to hang design, it hardly takes time to put them in place.
There are different sizes and colours of eyelets that are available to fit any rod. An important note though is to keep the eyelet at least 1cm larger than your curtain rod so that it is easy for the curtain’s drawing movement. Though Eyelet curtains are simple and easy to fix to use on a straight rod. They may not be the right choice for a bay window as the eyelets will not pass any supporting brackets at the corners of the bay.
Curtains with this heading type require less fabric fullness and therefore stack back to a minimal space. Eyelet curtains are generally made of metal eyelets that are evenly spaced across the top of the curtain. And because of this, you are sure to get an evenly spaced gentle ripple pleat on the fullness.
Back Tabbed curtain headers give your window a neat tailored look. With back-tab curtains, the full length of the curtain fabric doesn’t hang below the rod. Which gives it an even feel of texture from the upper to the lower end of the curtain.
Because of its nature to cover the curtain rod fully you can be assured to choose any fabric with ease as you don’t need to match it with the rod anymore. Also, It is easy to convert any curtain to a back tabbed style by adding strips to the back of the curtain top to make a loop. Or you could stitch one end of the strip folded to the front and secure it with a decorative fastener, or sew both strip ends to the back of the curtain panel. If the curtains are a bit too long for the window and you don’t want to go through the hassle of altering them. You can simply hang them from the back tabs as it raises the hems and adjusts it for the length of your choice to give it that classy look you desire.
How do I hang the back tab curtains?
You can simply slide the curtain rod through the loops made by the stitched-down tab strips on the back of the curtain panel. And then hang the rod in its place to adjust the curtain for the fullness you want.
The style of the curtain rod also helps analyze what type of header to choose from. Some curtain rods are meant to be seen, while others aren’t. Back-tab headers are a great choice if you’re not a fan of showing the rod. But if you do want to show off the curtain rod, then the next style of header is sure going to make you happy.
Here is another example of a popular style of curtain headers – the Loop/Tab Top Curtain. While the Back Tab style of curtain is sure to cover the curtain rod. The Loop/Tab Top doesn’t cover it fully. And hence are the best choice if you are someone that fancies curtain rods and loves to show off your tastes.
The Loop/Tab Top curtain headers work really well when you desire a casual yet relaxed look. And not just that it carries a modern and less formal curtain header style to give your home that perfect finish. The Top Tabs are always made in the same fabric as the curtains for a uniform look and feel. The added edge though, is its compatibility with all types of curtain rods.
On a side note, it is recommended to have only 1½ times gather for tab top heading, to slide the curtains easily without snagging.
Rod Pocket with Header
Rod pockets are the simplest of all curtain headings and so is its build. The design is made by sewing a pocket across the top of the curtain panel. The curtain rod is inserted through this pocket and hung on brackets that support it. Lightweight voiles, sheers and nets are some of the fabrics that are most commonly seen sporting the Rod Pocket heading style.
Rod Pocket draperies are generally made of fabric which is folded over the curtain rod and attached to itself. Which creates a pocket like space through which the rod is slid through. The fullness of this design is created by the gathered fabric near the rod pocket. This clean and simple style is suitable for stationary panels only, because of its style to be tightly fit to the rod with hardly any breathing space to draw it side to side.
A beautiful variation of this classic Rod pocket style incorporates a header as seen on the right image.
Finally, making the right choice of fabric, curtain rods and heading style are vital for the overall look and feel at your home. With a wide range of options and products to choose from. You can be the best judge to customize the look and feel of the curtain headers to suit your space and style. At the comfort of your home you can explore the various options and buy 100% cotton curtains from Thoppia’s customization section. Here’s to happy styling!
While picking your favourite shade is a snap, choosing the right fabric to suit your preferences is a bit complicated. Because if you are looking for a ‘pure cotton’ tag, let us tell you one thing. Even that doesn’t authenticate the quality of the cotton that you are using. Yes. The label ‘Pure cotton’, especially in India, doesn’t mean that the fabric is only made of cotton. Rather, it means that the amount of cotton that has been used in the fabric is pure.
If you are looking for cotton garments that are not blended, what you should ideally go for is a 100% cotton tag. This will ensure that your home furnishings are going to be 100% environment-friendly, hypoallergenic, strong and comfortable. Your ‘100% cotton’ fabric is a natural product only consisting of cellulosic fibres. It is biodegradable and can withstand as many hot washes in its lifetime as it needs to.
The ‘real’ pure cotton
Cotton is the most popular fabric used to make home furnishings, and for a good reason. A 100% cotton bed sheet or cushion cover will be durable, soft and easy to care for. This fabric is also going to be breathable –allowing your skin to breathe, and eliminating the possibility of rashes and boils. Good cotton is dust-mite resistant, thus reducing the chance of any skin allergies. Unlike ‘Pure Cotton’ fabric, 100% cotton fabric keeps moisture from building up between your skin and the material.
The International Forum for Cotton Promotion (Livestrong) stated that cotton can take up to one-fifth of its weight in water before getting damp. Blended cotton too can feel roughly the same but is sure to get sweaty during hot summer days.
In Thoppia, we procure contamination-free combed cotton yarn for bed sheets. The process of combing the cotton makes the yarn stronger & softer. It also cleans batches of shorter fibres and impurities resulting in finer and more compact cotton. Our tightly twisted yarn can create a lighter fabric that is ideal for hot weather conditions – when your body needs more cooling & comfort. They are also good at springing back, which means they’ll remain wrinkle-free and excellent to drape for a lifetime. This is the reason why our bedding allows your skin to breathe and doesn’t trap heat under the covers.
Above all, our 100% cotton fabric ensures that your home furnishings have a crisp and fresh look throughout your lifetime – because good cotton is going to be in it for the long haul.